In 2010, Pretty Maids made a splash throughout parts of Europe with their Pandemonium album charting well. The band have been around much longer than that of course, and regarding this new album, lead vocalist Ronnie Atkins recently proclaimed “We knew it was going to be a tough one to follow! I remember back in the day when we had to follow-up albums like Future World, we tried more or less to copy the songs from the previous album to keep the same kind of balance. But this time we just wrote what came natural to us and that’s what became Motherland.”
Despite producing some top quality melodic rocking golden nuggets like To Fool a Nation, or Mother of All Lies and Infinity, Motherland feels too disjointed and unfocused overall. Producer Jacob Hansen isn’t to blame for this as the sound of Motherland is lush and ideal for these Danish rockers.
Whilst listening to the 14 songs on offer, you get the feeling that some songs just aren’t as strong as others. Interestingly enough, Atkins expressed “The recordings went smooth to begin with, but then we had to start touring again during the weekends and this created some stress.” Quite plausibly, this negative shadow may have been responsible for the unsettled flow of quality on this album?
Fans will love Motherland regardless, and new ears will find plenty to embrace when they hear the subtle Def Leppard similarities (in the vocal department) on songs like I See Ghosts, To Fool a Nation and Sad to See You Suffer.
On reflection, Motherland may have benefited from fewer songs, especially Confession which is an atmospheric one minute and forty-four second narrative about good guys finishing last. This album won’t be held in such high regard like predecessors Future World or Pandemonium, but will be welcomed by loyal fans nevertheless.
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